One Note 2016

The new 2016 version of OneNote comes free now with Windows 10 which is a real bonus if you haven’t used it before but it has been stripped down to perform more like a tablet app rather than a fully functional version of what used to be a purchased piece of software. I own  OneNote 2007 and have used it a lot but it won’t work now the new free version is on my computer. I cannot find it and I cannot reload it. Windows 10 offers to repair or remove which isn’t a lot of help. End of complaint. I have just started to use the new OneNote because it is a very handy app for planning and organising and it does help me to set things out clearly and logically so that I have all the information, pictures, resource links and ideas together in one place. If you don’t know it , give it a try.  You can add Onetastic or just Onecalendar which increase the functionality of OneNote.  They too are free. The Microsoft OneNote site gives more information.

P.S. It is 2 hours later and since I wrote this post my 2007 version of OneNote now can open and access the numerous  .one files I had saved. Now I have the benefit of both worlds and thank Windows 10 for hearing my thoughts and taking action.

Customise Windows 10 Lock screen

Lock screen Windows 10So why hadn’t I worked this out before? I hated that picture of the rocks and bit of ocean. The lavender field they changed it to wasn’t so bad. I have now customised my Windows 10 lock screen to one of my own images. It’s easy.

Click on the start button bottom left.

Select settings

Select Personalisation

Select Lock screen in the left hand column

Select Picture in the drop down menu under the picture of your lock screen

Select one of Windows 10’s pictures or browse for one of your own.

Done.

 

 

Kobo Reader on Windows 10

I have a Kobo e-reader which I like because it is small, exceptionally portable and  when you use the light for the screen it does not glare. I find that better for reading text. The dictionary function is excellent ,aKobo reader appnd, all in all , it suits me well. I had not connected it to my Steam Castle PC which has an OEM version of Windows 10 and a very nice one at that.  The e-reader started charging , updating and  was showing up on MyPC for about 10 minutes but then it vanished. No amount of turning things on and off worked. It seems to be a problem with Windows 10 having searched for that problem on Google. Except it is not. The Kobo e-reader works perfectly fine on Windows 10 . It just doesn’t show in MyPC. I downloaded the Kobo desktop app which picked up my e-reader for the amount of time it was showing on MyPC. Then I could do nothing other than browse the shop, sync the device and  look at my account.  There is , however, a Kobo universal reader app which you can download from the link on  The Digital Reader for Windows 10. I downloaded that. It comes up in the Start Menu as  Kobo eBooks so you have to be careful not to confuse it with the  Kobo desktop app which just comes up as Kobo. The app is very easy and cruisy. The interface is very clean and the menus top and bottom do everything. I could sync my e-reader, add new .pub and .pdf files, which I really wanted to do, and browse the shop. I can export files too to my desktop. It works very well and in a fuss free manner. Within 2 minutes of loading it I could navigate and use it. There is nothing mystical or troublesome about it. So, it didn’t matter that it was not showing in MyPC when I used the  free Kobo eBooks app from the Windows store.

Messing with monitors

display settingsI bought a new , secondhand LG Cinema 3D D2542 monitor because I wanted to replace my old VGA only monitor which had served me well. I then moved the acer T230H into the second monitor position. Working on monitors is not my favourite job. The plugs and connections are down underneath at the back which is awkward to say the least. You can’t see anything easily and it’s a lot of fiddling around. I am not sure why they cannot be on the side or the back as on a TV set but there has to be a logical reason or they wouldn’t persist.

As the main monitor the acer T230H was crystal clear and very high definition. As the second monitor it is duller and this appears to be a common problem which has not been resolved. I am still working on it. There has to be a solution. With monitors there are so many things to consider.

On both the monitors I first adjusted the settings on the monitors themselves. With the LG that meant turning off all the 3D settings which were making the picture blurry. With the acer I have it set to video quality. I’d prefer a slider bar for brightness because essentially

Dual Monitorsthat is the issue.

With the acer monitor I adjusted the size of the text and apps in the display setting on Windows 10  under the settings icon in the start menu and that is such a convenient utility for the second monitor. For both the monitors I went into control panel appearance and then advanced settings and then the monitor tab to ensure they were both running at 60 Hz. The LG had set itself to 23Hz for some reason. I also adjusted the LG in the Radeon widget . I then downloaded drivers for the LG and rebooted. It was picture perfect now as a 2D monitor.

The acer is running on a DVI connection and the LG is running on HDMI. The last thing I can think of doing is swapping cables and also trying a VGA cable to the acer. It is a bit annoying I can only get it this far so I am hoping to find the solution. As it stands, though, I love my new, cool set up.

Windows 10

Windows 10 What they said originally about Windows 10 is right. It needs lots of RAM. It also appears to need a clean install and they said that too. My other version of Windows 10 was an upgrade from Windows 8 on an 8Gb computer. It improved Windows 8 , it ran okay but there were problems. The taskbar dismantled its function early on in the piece and no updates or fiddling around has ever fixed that. I installed a 3rd party start menu and at least got that functionality back because I lost the tiles as well. The customisations have held that version of Windows 10 together. It has been okay. Just okay. My Steam Castle has 16 Gb RAM and is very much graphics dedicated. It has an OEM version of Windows 10. I have Cortana, a functioning taskbar, the tiles in the menu and it all runs very efficiently and smoothly. Updates are fast and I am not there for ages waiting for downloads or installs. They do not take any time. This version will put up little pop ups bottom right about what is happening on my computer and that works well for me. The messages are by way of Did you know? Do you want to do anything about it? Just letting you know… That is all very helpful. Everything runs well and I can access everything easily. What I can’t find Cortana does and I use it like Apple Mac Spotlight . Now I have seen this version of Windows 10 I am more than happy with it and it is a pleasure to work on. Visually it is very good and technically it seems to be in control of everything. With Windows you get used to odd things happening and you just carry on anyway. This version of Windows 10 is competent in its capacity to function and troubleshoot.

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